One way to shake things up at your party is to play question and answer games. Some of these games aim to test players' knowledge of trivia facts, and others require people to divulge information about themselves. Depending on the type of party you are throwing, let the theme inspire ideas for question and answer games.
When hosting a party with guests who do not know one another, it is a good idea to start things off with icebreaker games. Icebreakers give partygoers a chance to get to know each other. Incorporate question and answer games into your icebreakers, such as the game have you ever? Have you ever? is a game in which one person in the group asks a question such as "Have you ever participated in a triathlon?" Players then go around the circle and either answer yes or no. Those who answer yes break off into their own subgroup, and those who answer no break off into another. Then, the game continues until the subgroups become smaller and smaller.
Trivia games come in a variety of forms, from board games about literature and science facts to video games that test your knowledge of films and music. In trivia games, players compete individually or as teams and take turns being asked challenging questions that they must answer. The players and teams do not know what questions they will be asked, so part of the excitement is being ready to think on your toes. Each correct answer brings the player or team closer to winning the game, which is the overall objective. Incorrect answers in trivia games keep players and teams further from the win.
Bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers and other such types of parties can be good places to play personal question and answer games, such as truth or dare. Truth or dare is a game in which one player asks another player a personal question, and that player can choose to give an honest answer or avoid the answer and perform a dare. The types of personal questions that are asked in this game are mostly geared toward relationship questions, and should be age appropriate based on the players. Examples of general appropriate questions include "Truth or dare: Did you ever go on a date with that guy from your science class?" and "Truth or dare: How old were you when you had your first kiss?" This game can be played at home or in a public setting, such as a bar or pub.
If you are hosting a party for couples, come up with question and answer games that pertain to how much couples know about one another. One idea is to ask one member of the couple questions about his significant other. Examples include "What side of the bed does your partner sleep on?" "When did your spouse lose her first tooth?" and "Who is your wife's favorite actor?" The spouse writes down the answers on a secret piece of paper while the person being questioned has to answer verbally. Then, the game host sees if the answers match up. This game is entertaining to play and for other couples to watch.
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